Qantas Hangar 2, Brisbane

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, and fire protection services for Qantas Airline’s Hangar 2 at the Brisbane Airport.


  • Size: 12,180 square meters (131,100 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: AUD$12 million (USD$8 million)
  • Client/Owner: Qantas
  • Architect: Alasdair MacDonald Architects
  • Contractor: Point Project Management
  • Completion Date: June 2013


Due to aircraft requirements, the airline decided to refurbish an existing hangar. However, this hangar was constructed in the 1970s, so the services within the space required a complete overhaul to satisfy the requirements of modern aircraft. Utmost flexibility was required for servicing various types of aircraft at an agreed-upon budget whilst complying all applicable standards.

Tetra Tech designed a new foam fire system to accommodate the various aircraft types. The new system includes spare capacity to allow expansion to other hangars when required. Tetra Tech also designed flexible electrical and mechanical systems for portable docking systems. These systems can be interconnected between sections of docks as required.

The variable environmental needs of the aircraft interior were addressed by providing mobile units, which allow the user to position portable mechanical plants as required to suit the docked aircraft type. These systems can also be used in other hangars if required. Additionally, smart oil/water collection systems were designed to separate oil and water discharges, ensuring captured water for possible future reuse.

The implementation of all these designs required the evaluation of available systems from an end-user perspective, keeping in mind budget constraints and flexibility. Each selected system met initial client requirements.

Image courtesy of Qantas